Real Madrid defeated Borussia Dortmund 3-0 courtesy of goals from Gareth Bale, Isco and Cristiano Ronaldo at the Santiago Bernabeu in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals.
The 4-3-3 of Real Madrid was sensational against the 4-2-3-1 of Dortmund. They showed great ease as they managed to close out the first half 2-0. Dortmund were without the man who managed to score all four home goals in this stage last year against Madrid, Robert Lewandowski. He was sorely missed as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was unable to hit the back of the net. He was closed down tightly by Pepe and Sergio Ramos.
Madrid now face a bit of trouble as Ronaldo stepped off late in the game with a hamstring injury. If serious, he will miss next week’s second leg in Dortmund, which can be crucial in a stadium where they lost 4-1 last season. If he does, Angel Di Maria could push up to that left-wing position to take over his post. He may not be the same player but he does offer speed, technique and never-ending energy.
As for the Germans, the suspended Lewandowski will return to the pitch to repeat his four-goal performance from a year ago. He will not have as easy of a time doing so as this Madrid side is full of confidence in trying to get to the semifinals. Lewandowski and the Germans will have to brew up something special to eliminate a high-flying Spanish side.